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Anybody ever been shot...ricochet count.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by notbubba, May 5, 2003.

  1. notbubba

    notbubba Member

    Dec 27, 2002
    Jackson Michigan
    A ricochet that bounced off my leg and startled the heck out of me :what: is it for me.

    If the Good Lord keeps looking out for me that will be it.

    What about you?
    or just
  2. Sisco

    Sisco Senior Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    41 mag, shooting steel plates at 25 yds. I was wearing shorts, hit me in the thigh, drew blood and left a bruise the size of a silver dollar.
    Same place different time, 357 mag. My pickup was parked behind me, heard something hit it, found a hole about .357" diameter in my taillight lens.
  3. QuarterBoreGunner

    QuarterBoreGunner Participating Member

    Mar 10, 2003
    The City by the 'Bay' with the big 'Gold' bridge.
    I've caught fragments off of target carriers at indoor ranges, but never a whole round.

    Safety glasses arn't just for the cool kids.
  4. Andrew Wyatt

    Andrew Wyatt Senior Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Bakersfield, California
    I've caught target fragments of every size and description whilst working as a target setter the the swat magazine 3 gun match.

    if you don't wear a brimmed hat, they can sneak in over your glasses.

    i usually wear a boonie hat and a long sleeved shirt, so as not to have to worry about getting cut, in addition to my safety glasses.
  5. TechBrute

    TechBrute Senior Member

    Feb 22, 2003
    DFW, TX
    So many over the years, I stopped counting. If it doesn't draw blood, I don't even pay attention anymore. Actually, I don't pay attention until someone tells me I have blood running down my <insert random uncovered flesh area here.>
  6. Gordy Wesen

    Gordy Wesen Member

    Feb 26, 2003
    I went backpacking with my wife in Montana and at our 'base' camp I pulled my S&W 41 mag to check its zero. I did, it ws fine and I pulled a few rounds off at rocks about 20 yards off. A sizeable chunk of jacketed lead came back stricking me right between the eyes and sticking there. It came free with a bit of a pull and I never shot at rocks again.:)
  7. WhoKnowsWho

    WhoKnowsWho Senior Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Maricopa, AZ
    First time I went out with friends, pegged in the leg with buckshot richochets from a backstop of dirt over 40 yards away.

    And my dumb self yesterday, left my fingers on either side of the forcing cone when I was shooting my .22 revolver, I can look at the small pieces of lead in my two fingers now!
  8. Kamicosmos

    Kamicosmos Senior Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Been smacked lots of times with light load .45s off bowling pins. People would laugh at me a bit for 'hiding' behind the shooter when I was running the timer. Till they started getting hit too, that is.

    People will snicker at me wearing safety glasses over my normal glasses too, till I point out that if a .45 will come back, what else could? Not to mention, a few of my guns like to spit power residue straight back in my face. The double layer of protection is nice.

    Whenever I go to an indoor range, I always were jeans and a long sleeve sweatshirt, and usually a ball cap turned backwards to keep the shells from going down the back of my shirt.
  9. loudernhel

    loudernhel Guest

    This may be hard to believe but I assure you it is a "no pooper." Years ago I was shooting my buddies tricked out .38 super that had about a 1lb trigger pull on it. I pulled a fast mag change and hit the slide release with my finger still on the trigger. This is a bad habit I had gotten away with until then. When the slide went home, the gun went off.

    I had it pointed at a home made target stand constructed out of angle iron. My friend "Critter" and his dad had gotten a little confused about how all the angles should go. I was shooting a lead round nose bullet. It hit the stand, ricocheted back and hit the recoil spring plug on the muzzle of the gun. A large lead fragment hit me spang in the forehead.

    We had to use a hammer on the barrel bushing wrench to get the gun apart. To this day I make sure my finger is off the trigger when dropping the slide on any gun.

    The next time we shot that gun, he had gotten confused about his once fired brass and his many times fired brass. That is a bad thing when you are trying to make major with a .38 super. Can you say case failure? I picked some brass out of my face that time but was spared major damage buy the pachmeyer grips he just had installed to replace the factory wood ones. I was wearing shorts and the magazine blew out of the bottom of the gun hard enough to leave a mark.

    I never shot that gun again.

  10. Mike Irwin

    Mike Irwin Mentor

    Dec 22, 2002
    Below the Manson-Nixon line in Virginia...
    Yes, pellet rifle, penetrated about 1.5" into my thigh.

    Hurt like crazy, but I did get the satisfaction of beating the living crap out of the kid who shot me.
  11. Double Naught Spy

    Double Naught Spy Sus Venator

    Dec 24, 2002
    Forestburg, Texas
    While I have been hit by splatter on steel targets, the injuries seemed minor compared to what some have posted.

    Of the stories dealing with splatter, ricochets, and such, one of my favorite stories is about a self inflicted ricochet. This story was posted by tstr at ...


    So I bought this nifty little Derringer that shoots .45 Colt or .410 shotshells thinking it would be a fun little gun. Out of four shotshells I tried, it only managed to make one of them go off. There wasn’t enough impact on the primer. So I try a .45 Colt round. I’m shooting into a stump with a target taped to it. The bleeping bullet bounced off the stump and hit me in the forehead. I bled all over the place.
  12. boing

    boing Active Member

    Dec 22, 2002
    Some errant pellets on the trap range, coming over the barrier from the skeet range at the other end of the complex. Felt like someone was standing next to me, dropping single pieces of shot on my head.

    I think they've fixed that now. :scrutiny:
  13. sm

    sm member

    Dec 22, 2002
    Between black coffee, and shiftn' gears
    richochets from targets, bad gun safety from others, rocks from a hunter whom thought I was a critter( I'm exiting my vehicle on a county road), assorted pellets from clay games, hunting, and the idiot whom shot me whilst I'm retreivng downed ducks...10 ga...ouch.
  14. H Romberg

    H Romberg New Member

    Jan 6, 2003
    Fairfax Va
    Not exactly a ricochet, but my .380 launches about one out of 10 pieces of brass straight into my forehead at what seems to be significant velocity. Hurts like hell. The rest go up and right.
  15. Thumper

    Thumper Senior Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Rosenberg, Texas
    Yes...a few times...once foreheadcentermass.

  16. KPersimmon

    KPersimmon New Member

    Jan 8, 2003
    Well, I didn't exactly shoot myself, but...
    About twelve years ago, I was practice-shooting a Browning Hi-Power with my wife watching behind me. After shooting for a short while, one of the 115-grain 9mm ball-type bullets bounced back and hit my wife directly on the shin. She thought a rock had hit her, until I looked down and saw the intact bullet on the ground in front of her. Apparently the bullet had whizzed right between or right by my leg and hit her. Fortunatelhy, she had nothing more than a nickel-sized bruise which was sore for a couple of days, but it was a pretty scary incident that made me feel very guilty for a long time.
  17. Dorrin79

    Dorrin79 Active Member

    Jan 8, 2003
    Central Texas
    not a ricochet- but pretty frickin weird

    New Years' Eve 1997

    Downtown Houston (Jones Park, in the theater district to be specific)

    "Buzz-fest" concert-party thrown by local radio station.

    A friend scored 4 tickets and so he, I, and two others attended.

    At about 11:50 we found seats on a railing in the park proper and were watching for fireworks when


    I fell right off the railing onto the ramp. It felt like someone had come up behind me and hit me with a 2x4 on the left shoulder.

    My friends started to laugh at me, then realized I was in some distress.

    I was looking around for the *%*#! who hit me, but I didn't see anyone with a bat or club. My left arm had gone completely numb from clavicle to fingertips.

    After a few seconds I was helped to my feet and I went to reclaim my rail seat when I realized that my arm was still numb.

    I put my other hand on the shoulder to rub it and try to restore some circulation. This hurt, a lot! I jerked my hand back and had blood (not a lot) on my fingertips.

    I cocked my head over to look at my shoulder and noticed a small hole in my jacket. So I pulled the jacket back to find a similar hole in my shirt, with blood oozing into the fabric around it.

    To my credit, I didn't freak out. I turned to my friend whose car we had used to get to the concert and said "Dude, I'm bleeding"

    To make a long story short - I proceeded to walk 2 miles back to where we had parked, then had him drive me to the hospital.

    At the hospital, they removed a bullet that had lodged against the left side of my clavicle. It had not even fully penetrated the skin (the rear of the bullet was protruding from the wound). They disenfected it and sutured (sp) it closed. Didn't even need stiches, although I had this weird "dent" (for lack of a better term) in my shoulder for 3 or 4 months.

    The bullet was a 9mm, according to the ER resident who plucked it out. He said it had hit me on a ballistic arc, from some yahoo firing into the air a mile away. Apparently the Houston ERs see a lot of these cases every Jan 1st!!

    Lesson learned?

    -Getting shot hurts like hell.

    -Stay indoors during times of the year when morons are likely to shoot guns in the air.

    -there are some things you really can't prepare for, or avoid.
  18. ialevy

    ialevy New Member

    Mar 5, 2003
    Upstate New York
    At an NRA Women's event at my range, alot of first timers were blasting the carriers with .22s. I was reloading my mag when an intact .22 bounced off of the carrier set at 5 yards and hit the second knuckle on my third finger. scared the heck out of me. the smashed bullet was lying on the table next to the mag I just dropped, and my knuckle was swollen and bleeding profusely.

    I also had light loaded .45 bounce off of the backstop an hit me in the leg - no injury, just makes you jump.

    At a recent steel shoot everyone was getting pelted by lead from the skeet range next to us.
  19. Mauserlady

    Mauserlady Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    ********** Desert
    Yep... New Years Day shoot two years ago... Still have a cresent moon scar on my finger...

    David was shooting his .44 at a 1" thick piece of steel (not sure how far away it was) and I felt something hit my finger... Shook my hand but didn't think anything of it until it started to get really warm... Took off my glove and OMG.. I am a bleeder apparantly...
  20. SDC

    SDC Senior Member

    Jan 8, 2003
    People's Republic of Canada
    I've been shot with airguns, and once took at .45 ricochet at a bowling-pin match that left an egg-sized bruise on my abdomen. I've also taken the occasional piece of splatter when working as an RO at IPSC matches. All reminders to wear your safety glasses ALL THE TIME.

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